1 medium red onion, about 5 ounces
1 Tsb sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup rice vinegar, white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
1 small clove of garlic, halved
5 black peppercorns
5 allspice berries
3 small springs of thyme
1 small dried chili
Kettle for boiling water
Knife and cutting board
Sieve or colander
Clean jar or container
- Slice the onions: Start 2 or 3 cups of water on to boil in a kettle. Peel and thinly slice the onion into approximately 1/4-inch moons. Peel and cut the garlic clove in half.
- Dissolve the sugar and salt: In the container you will be using to store the onions, add the sugar, salt, vinegar, and flavorings. Stir to dissolve.
- Par-blanch the onions: Place the onions in the sieve and place the sieve in the sink. Slowly pour the boiling water over the onions and let them drain.
- Add the onions to the jar: Add the onions to the jar and stir gently to evenly distribute the flavorings.
- Store: The onions will be ready in about 30 minutes, but are better after a few hours. Store in the refrigerator. They will keep for several weeks.
1 small head of cauliflower (about 1 3/4 pounds)
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard\
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter rimmed baking sheet. Cut cauliflower in half, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices in single layer on prepared baking sheet; sprinkle with salt. Roast until cauliflower is slightly softened, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in lemon juice, mustard, and lemon peel.
Spoon mustard-lemon butter evenly over cauliflower and roast until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes longer. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Let stand at room temperature. If desired, rewarm in 350°F oven until heated through, about 10 minutes.
Transfer cauliflower to platter. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm or at room temperature.
very good and can be made ahead
2 large Vidalia onions, cut crosswise into 1⁄2″-thick slices
4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 tbsp. bread crumbs
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. finely chopped oregano
1 tsp. finely chopped thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced
Heat oven to 450°. On a foil-lined baking sheet, coat onion slices in oil, keeping them as intact as possible; season with salt and pepper. Bake, turning once, until soft and lightly caramelized, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir together bread crumbs, butter, parsley, oregano, thyme, garlic, and salt and pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over onion slices. [ at this point you can refrigerate until ready to use – up to two days ahead] Continue baking until topping is golden brown, about 15 minutes more.